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GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 03:01 PM

So a friend recently helped me land an amazing job and I really owe her big time. I was thinking of getting her a snazzy bottle of wine, but figure that's a bit trite.

Have any of you got any great food recs? It'd be great if it was LA-centric like the truffles from such and such a place, etc.

Thanks!

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    bulavinaka RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 03:15 PM

    Does your friend have any strong likes or dislikes? Any other info that might help nail down a great gift for your well-deserving friend?

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      GJWhite RE: bulavinaka Apr 25, 2009 03:23 PM

      Not really--she's a pretty strong food lover.

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      Burger Boy RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 03:40 PM

      Why not take her to 4 or 5 amazing lunches on the weekend. One lunch Din Tai Fun, next lunchmaybe some great italaian, next maybe french, etc. etc.

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        bulavinaka RE: Burger Boy Apr 25, 2009 04:29 PM

        I have only read about these following ideas, but I sure would consider these if I were in your position. Piggy-backing on Burger Boy's idea, the 5x5 Collaborative is something to consider.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6139...

        Not sure if it's too late for the first event or if the series filled up in general, but it's worth considering.

        Chef's Table at Inaka is very different and has a strong focus on seafood:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5638...

        Of course, there's always Urasawa. Here's a recent thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610975/

        As for an actual gifted handed from one to another, that's wide open. Japanese folks love gifting food for many occasions. One of the more common items to offer as a gift is wagashi, or Japanese confections. The most precious of these that I know of in the LA area is Minamoto Kitchoan. The variety is as amazing as they are unique. Most if not all of their items are flown in from Japan. They're located in the Mitsuwa Market Plaza in Torrance. The website doesn't indicate the Torrance location, but it's there.

        http://www.kitchoan.com/E/index_b_nat...

        I think your first impulse of a nice bottle of wine is a great start or foundation for a lot of other things that can be paired with it. This reminded me of a thread from last year that is somewhat related.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/520122/

        The thread pertains to an ultimate wedding present that is food-related. But a lot of great ideas were thrown around and debated, some of which may give you some inspiration.

      2. Kitchen Queen RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 05:04 PM

        Nothing wrong with a snazzy bottle of ? Pair it with a bag of love nuts from www.compartes.com and a gift tag (tied to the bottle neck) that invites your friend to a meal at one of your favorite restaurants.
        Or, create your own gift basket with that same bottle of snazzy drink. I did this once as a wedding shower gift. It's very personal and creative. I bought a nice pasta bowl and themed it all Italian,complete with a bottle of ? in the middle of the bowl, an Italian cookbook, unique pastas, sauces, really good bottle of olive oil and old age balsamic, cooking utensils, etc. Not at all generic or trite.

        1. roxhills RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 05:25 PM

          Deluscious cookies and milk-- someone sent them to my mom. Yum. They're on highland, near melrose, I think.

          I have also mail ordered food from all over the country (for my husband's 40th birthday) and that was really fun. Pizza from chicago, whoopie pies from Maine, peanuts from virigina, graeters ice cream, etc.

          1. Sam Fujisaka RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 05:38 PM

            NOT LA centric.

            Little basket of artichokes & asparagus, small jar of caviar, bottle of good olive oil, some smoked fish, wedge oif Percorino Romano or Pamagiano Reggiano, a little basket of three different bags of great coffee beans, a basket of hand selected fruit, OR a great cheese & bread ... PLUS the bottle of wine.

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              Phurstluv RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 28, 2009 07:14 PM

              Neither are your suggestions. And where's your snarky comment to the last post rec'ing some place from MI?

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                Sam Fujisaka RE: Phurstluv Apr 29, 2009 07:30 AM

                That's what I meant - that my suggestions are not LA centric. Where is MI?

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                  Phurstluv RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 29, 2009 09:44 AM

                  MI is the abbreviation for Michigan, and I'm referring to the last post by jeffandnat, who is recommending using a mail order co. in Ann Arbor Michigan.

                  PS - thought you were specifying that roxhills' recs weren't and your recs were LA centric. Take back my comment.

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                    Sam Fujisaka RE: Phurstluv Apr 29, 2009 09:56 AM

                    I never replied to jefandnat. Only replied to the OP and to your somewhat puzzling posts.

            2. monku RE: GJWhite Apr 25, 2009 09:17 PM

              How about a gift card from Surfas.
              I know I could go on a crazy shopping spree there.

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              Surfas Restaurant & Supply
              8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                woofer RE: monku Apr 26, 2009 09:46 PM

                that would be my suggestion too.

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                jeffandnat RE: GJWhite Apr 28, 2009 02:54 PM

                Not from LA, but the gift boxes from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Mi. are a food lovers dream come true. I have given and received them. A memorable gift. Check out the site:

                www.zingermans.com

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                  schrutefarms RE: GJWhite Apr 29, 2009 10:08 AM

                  I recently got a friend an SBE gift card, it can be used at any SBE place (Foxtail, XIV, Katsuya, etc). It's pretty LA-centric.

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